Fresh from the Standing Rock Dakota oil protests, Dennis Banks visits Monterey County for YES on Z to Protect Our Water
Native American activist Dennis Banks to appear for Yes on Z in at a Salinas River ‘Agua es Vida’ Ceremony.
The First People of Monterey County, Esselen/Rumsen, with other local Native American leaders, will welcome Dennis Banks, Native American leader, teacher, lecturer, and author, and co-founder of the American Indian Movement for an Agua Es Vida—Water Is Life— Blessing of the River on behalf of Yes on Measure Z.
Dennis Banks, the Ojibway co-founder of the American Indian Movement, teacher, lecturer, author and activist has been a continual presence at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal reservation for the oil pipeline protests.
Since Banks co-founding of the American Indian Movement in 1968, he has led or organized many struggles for the rights of Native America, from the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties to the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, which brought world attention and support to the Native struggle. Banks organized the Longest Walk in 1978 from San Francisco to Washington, DC, which defeated anti-Indian legislative bills.
Banks received a Living Legends Award in Washington D.C. for his contributions as a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and his ongoing commitment to the well being of the American Indian community.
Banks is currently campaigning as the Vice Presidential running mate with Gloria La Riva, the Presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party, and will appear on the ballot in California.
From Monterey: Go north on U.S. Highway 1 approximately 11 miles to exit 412 for Del Monte Blvd. (first exit after Reservation Rd.) Go left on Del Monte which becomes a dirt road. The dirt road ends in the refuge parking lot.
From Castroville: Go south on U.S. Highway 1 approximately 3 miles to exit 412 for Marina/Del Monte Blvd. Go right on Del Monte Blvd. which becomes a dirt road. The dirt road ends in the refuge parking lot.
More information on the Refuge: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Salinas_River/